The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.
We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.
In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.
An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.
©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
I agree with the reviews stating this all could have been covered by a magazine article. The individual anecdotes were interesting and enjoyable, but they didn't really connect to a anything larger than "checklists are useful". Not being in the medical or aerospace industries, I found little long term value in this read.
The title, though apt, suggests a boring read.. A smart business book at best. Instead, the book does a brilliant job of engaging the listener through exciting case studies (mostly medical or aviation in context.)
Plus, the narrators voice sounds like a cross between Michael Dorn and Jonathan Frakes, so there's that.
Its simplicity of a solution makes it very doable.
I liked the look at two critical industries as the compelling basis for the theory.
Great book. Easy listen, but definitely worthwhile. You will definitely get your money's worth.
Real world results from implementing checklists
Wouldn't - well done for the topic
There was something in the narrator's voice that reminded me of a high school jock. Not sure how to describe it...or why...
I learned that surgeons are egotistical, which is likely required so they can do their job effectively.
The book seems written for a very targeted audience: those who think they can "shoot from the hip" and still avoid the consequences.
The premise of the book was good. The narrator performed well. The book takes a very long time to get going. Maybe the audio version is a weaker total delivery than the book, but I was disappointed in the lack of non-medical applications. Use a checklist- I got it. But its really not necessary to spend 60% of the book on very specific, jargon filled medical anecdotes. The bits on construction, aviation and investing were the only parts I found beneficial.
Medical jargon and self proclaim.
Yes, the premise and take aways from this book were great. If he cut out the medical portions, or added a few more anecdotes from a variety of industries, I would have enjoyed it much more.
This is the first audio book I have ever tried, overall the book is a great listen.
The medical situations that are presented in the book.
No, many different sitting, mostly driving back and forth from school.
What an amazing book! At first, when the book was recommended to me, I thought, 'a book on check lists??' But Mr. Gawande show fantastic insight into the power of the check list and why it's more than a check list, but what it says about us and how we interact with other people. His stories are both riveting and insightful. In this age of super specialization, it's the simple stuff that can bring down a project - and our ego's.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
While there is both some good examples of the need for checklists and the benefits derived, this book could EASILY have been half as long and still been effective. Felt like the author trying to make a short story into a novel.
You'll learn some good things here, but will take more time than necessary to do it.
It is easy
Very human, compassionate and open to his and others limitations.
The day in a Boston Hospital when he tried to use the Checklist in preparation for surgery and discovered its limits and went back to drawing board to refine it.
Not really, it made sense and was very human.
Great story, many anecdotes that make the checklist real and doable. It really does unify a mission/purpose and strengthens teamwork!
A good look into how to utilize checklists in everyday life. Something that can benefit everyone.
The medical examples were an eye opener. I also liked the cross reference to the aviation industry.
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